The Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA) is proud to continue the annual celebration on the first Monday in June honoring Alabama’s utility workers. Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day is meant to recognize and honor the hard-working men and women who ensure Alabama enjoys safe and reliable power.
“This past year with the devastating tornadoes and hurricanes throughout our state, we were reminded all too often of the incredible commitment and service from Alabama’s linemen,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “We honor those individuals today and remember those who were injured on the job or tragically lost their lives.”
“These men and women are the backbone of our dependable energy infrastructure and, importantly, are some of the first responders immediately following catastrophic events who work tirelessly to quickly and safely restore the power,” noted Seth Hammett, EIA Chairman. “We are eternally grateful to the over 2,000 linemen represented by EIA member companies.”
To further thank, honor and recognize Alabama’s linemen and women, EIA released a video with personal messages from a variety of in-state leaders. Additionally, EIA previously created a foundation–funded by the sale of specialty license plates and donations–to assist the families of linemen when a tragedy or accident occurs on the job.
Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day, formally established by the Legislature in 2014, is celebrated on the first Monday in June. Former state Representative April Weaver sponsored the resolution establishing the designated day. Lineworkers are also celebrated nationally on April 18, following a 2013 resolution passed by Congress to “recognize linemen, the profession of linemen and contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety.”